Rocky Coast at the Wild Sea

Acadia National Park


Venture to the rugged coast of Maine—replete with volcanic rocks and crashing waves, creating the impression of stepping back in time to the creation of Earth.

Acadia Information

The first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park offers hiking, camping, breathtaking views of jagged coastlines, and rock climbing. 

The first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park offers hiking, camping, breathtaking views of jagged coastlines, and rock climbing.

Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park

“Laws change; people die; the land remains.”
— Carl Sandburg

Comprised of a cluster of islands on the jagged Maine coast, Acadia National Park has a variety of landscapes including granite-domed mountains, woodlands, lakes, ponds, and ocean shoreline. Steep slopes rise above the rocky shore, including Cadillac Mountain, which at 1,530 feet is the highest point on the U.S. Atlantic coast.

Hiking and biking are popular Acadia National Park activities. There are more than 120 miles of hiking trails to explore by foot and 45 miles of carriage roads to travel by bike. These byways were established and maintained in the 19th and early 20th centuries by local improvement societies.

In 1919, Acadia became the first national park established east of the Mississippi River. Following the footsteps of the earliest advocates of the parks, a generous conservationist protected and donated 6,000 acres of land for the creation of Acadia National Park.

The National Park Foundation has long been an advocate for Acadia, including a recent completed program to improve views of the spectacular night sky, as Acadia is one of the only places on the east coast with uninterrupted views of the Milky Way.

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Visiting Acadia

A boat at sunset on the Maine coast
A view of the rocky coast at Acadia National Park
The Acadia sky at night

Map of the Park

Acadia National Park
Eagle Lake Road Box 177
Bar Harbor , ME

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